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WATSON – John 35th and 87th Regiment

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35th Regiment Gelngarry Badge
87th Regiment Colours
Indian Mutiny Medal
NameWATSON – John
Regiment (s)35th and 87th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1167 – 35th Regiment
2204 – 87th Regiment
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
17th May 1838 / 17 years / Londonderry Derry Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 9 in
Fresh / Grey / Light Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationMauritius – 6 years 279 days
East Indies – 7 years 199 days
Length of Service21 years 34 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / Discharge approved 19 February 1861 Dublin Ireland
Campaign MedalsIndian Mutiny Medal
Intended Residence at
Manchester England
Pension Districts1861 2nd Manchester
1862-1865 Western Australia
1866-1871 South Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
6th October 1861 Portland England via Cape of Good Hope
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
LINCELLES 28th January 1862
Date/Place of Birthc1821 Dundrane (possibly Drindrane) Londonderry Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
Not married
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeNot yet known
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesThe Hobart Town Daily Mercury Saturday 27th August 1859 page 3 Burning of the Eastern Monarch
Departure from Western
1866 to South Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial3 March 1871 Adelaide South Australia
West Terrace Cemetery South Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army, Worldwide Index
1841 Thomas Watson private 1167 35th foot, location Mauritius
1851 87th foot location depot Chatham England.
Discharge: At own request having served for 21 years.
Thomas could have been one of the soldiers returning to England on the Eastern Monarch as some of Thomas Watson’s documents were lost in the Eastern Monarch disaster. The Eastern Monarch sailed from Kurrachee on 22nd February 1859 with 352 invalid soldiers 30 women and 53 children. As it neared the end of its voyage at Spithead an explosion occurred killing one woman and 5 children and causing the loss of document relating to some of the soldiers including those of Thomas Watson.

John Watson was admitted twice to the Royal Adelaide hospital firstly on 10 August 1870 where he said he was aged 49, single, protestant, residing at Hindley Street Adelaide, a shepherd and was born Londonderry, Ireland and had been in the colony for 8 years. The second time was five months later on 11 January 1871 and his particulars were the same except he had lived in the Colony for 8 years and 6 months, he died in the hospital on 3rd March 1871. A ship of arrival has not been recorded.